Thanks to Oliver Waitze of the New Acoustic Gallery (NAG) in Wuppertal, Germany, for the March 2014 issue of its newsletter. The NAG stocks the finest acoustic instruments and accessories for bluegrass, gypsy music, and other genres, offers a repair service, and organises workshops and concerts.
The NAG was closed on 14-15 March because of this year's Musikmesse at Frankfurt, where the Kruger Brothers are at the Deering Banjos stand on all four days. New instruments obtained from the Musikmesse include a Deering Eagle 2 5-string banjo, a Prucha F5 T custom mandolin, and a Deering Tenbrooks Custom Legacy banjo in quilted mahogany with curly maple binding. More news from the Musikmesse will be on the NAG website next week.
* a flat-picking / plectrum guitar workshop with Oliver Waitze on Saturday 12 April (10:00-17:00); booking (€100) and information: +49 0202/94672730.
* a one-day mandolin workshop with Mike Marshall (above) on Saturday 26 April - a day of intensive mandolin instruction with this master mandolin virtuoso, concentrating on tone production, clear articulation of notes, left-hand work, chord-finding, and rhythmic patterns in various musical genres, with opportunities for playing in a 'one on one' master-class setting. Booking (€150) and information: +49 0202/94672730.
Mike Marshall has also announced that the second edition of his popular book Brazilian choros, in a larger easy-reading format, with 23 new tunes, three solo mandolin arrangements, two transcription rhythm guides, and discography, is now available.
The many instruments and accessories now in stock at the NAG include a Roberto Pozzi classical guitar, Santa Cruz DA-1 and 'Norman Blake Rising Fawn' model guitars, Maurice Dupont Django-style guitars, a National Resophonic Delphi, Blue Chip picks, Alessi geared tuning pegs for classical or steel-string guitar, Fishman Loudbox speakers, and much more. Full details, together with many photos, are on the NAG news page.
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